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AUSA VICKIE E. LEDUC or
MARCIA MURPHY at 410-209-4885
DECEMBER 11, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER BALTIMORE FIREFIGHTER SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS
FOR DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY BY COMPUTER
Computer Contained 300 to 600 Sexually Explicit Images
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Angelo Sudano, age 32, of Joppa, Maryland, a former employee of the Baltimore City Fire Department who recently resigned from his job, to five years in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release for distributing child pornography, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to his plea agreement, in December 2006 a concerned citizen complained to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office of receiving a video of child pornography via the computer. The individual had been in contact with Sudano by computer. On December 19, 2006 Sudano transmitted a video file depicting a prepubescent female having sexual intercourse with a male adult.
Sudano’s residence was searched on January 3, 2007. Between 300 to 600 images of child pornography were seized depicting prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and/or the lascivious display of the minor’s genitalia. An Internet Relay Chat was also found on Sudano’s computers from which many of these images had been distributed and received. The video that the concerned citizen had received was located on Sudano’s computer.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Harford County Advocacy Center for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie S. Greenberg, who is prosecuting the case.